Octopus Taco – Something Fishy about this “Tako”

Octopus Taco – Something Fishy about this “Tako”

Octopus tacos and tortas (Mexican sandwiches) have always been very popular at seafood stands inside mercados (markets), as well as cantinas (bars).  The traditional seasonings are either “en su tinta” – in their own ink, or cooked then sautéed with onions and peppers, similar to fajitas. In recent decades, Asian inspired flavours have also been favoured ... click on title for more

Asian Heritage and an Asian-Inspired Spicy Sauce

Asian Heritage and an Asian-Inspired Spicy Sauce

Asian heritage is considered the fourth  root of Mexican heritage, along with its native, European, and African roots. Nowadays, there are important Asian communities in several Mexican states, which has influenced local cuisine.  One ingredient that has entered Mexican kitchens in the last decades is soy sauce, used in stews and other dishes as a condiment for added umami (yummy flavour), but also as the main component of sauces ... click on title for more

Some of my Mom’s Favourite Things

Some of my Mom’s Favourite Things

Mother's Day is celebrated in Canada and many other countries today, on the second Sunday in May, for which we are again in lockdown here in Southern Ontario.   A few years ago, I was writing my mom's biography, and realized I did not know a few basic facts about her favourite things.  I made a short list and asked her; I am happy I got to learn these facts before her passing in November of 2019.  Remembering her fondly today, here are her answers ... click on title for more

Flower of the Day – Tulip

Flower of the Day – Tulip

My favourite flower is the tulip, any colour, any variety.  Tulips do not grow in Mexico, and one of the new things I got to do when I first came to Canada was to visit The Royal Botanical Gardens (Ontario, Canada), which feature a tulip theme every spring.  In my garden, I just love how the different varieties of tulips start showing their colours, as the season progresses ... click on title for more

Cinco de Mayo in the Time of COVID19

Cinco de Mayo in the Time of COVID19

In Canada, Cinco de Mayo has been mostly promoted by bars and Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurants, but since last year, the COVID19 pandemic has forced social distancing and intermittent states of emergency, the latest of which is still in effect at least for most of the month of May in Ontario; that means that any celebrations will take place at home, and only with members of that household. In this post, I offer suggestions for a complete menu for a Cinco de Mayo celebration at home, including options for vegetarians ... click on title for more